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don51181
12-16-2008, 16:24
I was thinking of getting a desktop build from a local pc shop most of the quotes are from $400-500. Would you recommend a local shop? Other than that walmart has the only other good deal. I mainly want a basic desktop with xp that can have potential to be upgraded later to play games. Thanks.

ND40oz
12-16-2008, 16:29
Depends on the shop. Do you trust them, have you used them before for things?

Best Buy and Dell both have some good deals out there, is your budget a max of $500? What kind of warranty are you looking for? Any reason you want to stick with XP instead of going with Vista (I heard Vista sucks isn't a good excuse)?

don51181
12-16-2008, 16:32
I have vista on my laptop and I don't really like it but I guess I can put up with it. I would atleast like a year warrently. I have to see what kind of warrenty the shops offer. $500 is the most I want to go for now but later I want to upgrade.

tball78
12-19-2008, 07:29
With Dell already being mentioned, you may want to consider the Dell Outlet. They have refurbished and scratch and dent systems that come in at a good price and they still offer the same 1-year warranty that comes on the factory new Dell's. I have bought two in the past with no issues.

http://www.dell.com/outlet

Detectorist
12-19-2008, 07:41
With Dell already being mentioned, you may want to consider the Dell Outlet. They have refurbished and scratch and dent systems that come in at a good price and they still offer the same 1-year warranty that comes on the factory new Dell's. I have bought two in the past with no issues.

http://www.dell.com/outlet

yea, my Dell E520 was a scratch and dent and it's perfect. Going on 1.5 years without one single issue.

IndyGunFreak
12-19-2008, 10:58
It all depends on the components.. Ask them for a component list they intend to put in this $500 PC. If they sell you a PC that is worth $300.. well, you got screwed. :)

As said above, the reputation of the shop is important to.

Rec4LMS
12-19-2008, 15:46
I was thinking of getting a desktop build from a local pc shop most of the quotes are from $400-500. Would you recommend a local shop? Other than that walmart has the only other good deal. I mainly want a basic desktop with xp that can have potential to be upgraded later to play games. Thanks.

It is getting very hard to find a laptop with XP on it. However, Vista has gotten better. We just purchased a laptop from Tigerdirect.com with Vista on it, and my only complaint is that it is not intuitive to navigate. Most games and programs have been updated to work with Vista. (If you play WOW, I can not get any of the add on's from Curse.com to work, but then again they are free programs and I have not been trying that hard since I prefer to use my desktop as my gaming system.)

I think this is the one I purchased. (I might be wrong, at work and don't have time to search properly.) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4113255&Sku=S445-T6836

If you get Vista, try to aviod Home Basic.

solomansousana
12-19-2008, 16:23
Look at the Dell Vostro systems. You get the computer and the OS period. No additional software, no game crap, no nothing, computer and os only.

3 weelin geezer
12-29-2008, 14:18
What kind of games are you into? I just got building a new rig since the last one fried all of a sudden (because of a bad video card cooling fan). I tried playing GTA IV on a core 2 duo E4700, nvidea 8400gt video card, 2 gigs ram. It was very 'laggy' and I might as well have been using "the force" to steer the cars because they didn't turn very well. So! I got a 9800GT and a Quad Q6700 2.66 ghz instead and its up to normal now. No more bogged down system. ....I just need to find someway to keep it cool with this hot video card in there. As far as the price, I figger it would cost about twice as much as the parts if it was shop built even with the extras I have and the brand new motherboard I wasted (Dont buy Chinese crap as they may put P1 connection upside down!!)

don51181
12-30-2008, 23:42
I am thinking of getting a laptop for my wife and just using the laptop I already have for myself. Then later just wiping the HD on my desktop and using that for gaming. I like command and conqure and spore so I don't need much power for gaming. Let me know what you think please.

Here is the one I am looking at for $400
Emachines Laptop
AMD Athlon 2650e
• Built-in 802.11g wireless
• Burns DVDs and CDs• 160GB hard drive
• 2GB of system memory DDR2
• Windows Vista Home Basic
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=232650#CustomerRatings

IndyGunFreak
12-31-2008, 04:37
I am thinking of getting a laptop for my wife and just using the laptop I already have for myself. Then later just wiping the HD on my desktop and using that for gaming. I like command and conqure and spore so I don't need much power for gaming. Let me know what you think please.

Here is the one I am looking at for $400
Emachines Laptop
AMD Athlon 2650e
• Built-in 802.11g wireless
• Burns DVDs and CDs• 160GB hard drive
• 2GB of system memory DDR2
• Windows Vista Home Basic
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=232650#CustomerRatings

I cringe when I see anything made by eMachines. The specs look ok, but I'd max out the RAM.

IGF

sdsnet
12-31-2008, 05:05
I'll second looking at the Dell outlet. Get the fastest dual core processor you can find and make sure you can upgrade the RAM later. RAM is cheap as long as you have enough slots available etc. Since you plan to use it for gaming you can invest in a better video card and hard drive later. Just my opinion.

Sgt. Schultz
12-31-2008, 07:48
• 2GB of system memory DDR2

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=232650#CustomerRatings

This system does not have any slots available to add RAM so you will have to remove and replace the installed memory if you ever want to increase it.

Rec4LMS
12-31-2008, 11:03
This system does not have any slots available to add RAM so you will have to remove and replace the installed memory if you ever want to increase it.

True, but it is a laptop. The cost of memory is rock bottom these days! And a trained monkey can replace the memory in a laptop. Just have your trained monkey remove the 4 screws on the plate marked "memory" and swap it out. If you to buy the laptop, buy the extra memory ASAP.

However, I don't like the fact that it is installed with Vista Home Basic. If you can upgrade it to Home Premium, the extra bells and wistles will help and you won't have to hunt for third party programs.

Also, with the small screen it may be hard on the eyes for your games. I play games on a 15" laptop, and I do see the difference from a 14". The processor does not take full advantage of Vista, and that may prove to be a choke point for your games.

Yeah, it's a good price, but for what you are getting I think that they should cut the price by $50 to $75.

JMag
12-31-2008, 11:40
From XPBargains website:

Dell Small Business has the Dell Vostro 220 mini tower desktop (http://xpbargains.com/jump.php?clickid=100416&deal=dellsb&afsrc=1&xpid=VOSTRO%20220&arg=http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=brcwa1p&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&kc=features%7Ehot_offers_dt) w/ Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66GHz, Dell 19 inch Widescreen E1909WFP LCD, 2GB, 250GB, DVD+-RW, Vista Home Basic for only $669 - $270 off = $399 + $35 shipping.

Sgt. Schultz
12-31-2008, 12:21
I don’t think I would buy a laptop from Circuit City; they have filed for bankruptcy and have already closed 150 + stores. You could find it difficult to return or have repairs done should the need arise.

solomansousana
12-31-2008, 12:42
I just purchased my wife an at home laptop, something she can check emails with and such just for her around the house without having to use the home system, got her a Toshiba Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core mobile processor T4200; 3GB DDR2 memory; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; LightScribe technology; 16" widescreen; 320GB hard drive; built-in webcam; Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 for 499.00

don51181
12-31-2008, 14:58
Hey Solomonsouana were did you get that laptop from for $499? I think I will stick with a laptop because my wife Hates sitting at a desk and I want the laptop for when I deploy soon.

Square Dots
12-31-2008, 15:10
:dunno:

don51181
12-31-2008, 15:12
Thanks for all of the help What about this one for my wife. Seems good for basic stuff.
Comapaq
AMD Athlon™ X2 QL-60 dual-core processor/ 2GB DDR2/ 160GB HD/dvd-rw/NVIDIA GeForce 8200M/ 15.4" monitor with case and mouse for $499
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcmprd103900050002&skuId=9999103800050002&type=product&childSku=9027698&count=1

solomansousana
12-31-2008, 15:20
It was on sale at both bestbuy and office depot. I got mine at best buy and the guy said they were going to offer it again this friday, jan 2, 2009.